Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Baylor University in Texas was constructed thanks to a donation made by a Christian, one whose history is pretty interesting. In old age, he lost all that he had, and many friends asked if he was sorry that he had donated that money now that he didn’t have any. He always responded that no, if he had saved that money, too, it would have also been lost. He was glad to have donated it when he did.
What about you? Are you at peace with the good things you have done in your life, or have you had regret for doing those things? To mothers, have you been sad for the sacrifices you made so that your children had what they needed? To fathers, have you felt your efforts for your family have gone unnoticed?
Here’s what I mean. Jesus died to save us from sin, death, and hell more than 2,000 years ago. If estimates are correct, however, there are billions of people across time that do not believe/have not believed in him or the salvation that he has won for us–but in no part of Scripture does it say that Jesus had regret for the sacrifices that he made. Quite the opposite, actually! There is joy in heaven for each sinner that confesses need for Jesus. In other words, all of heaven celebrates the good that Jesus has done. Could we, then, do the same?
We are glad for the good that the Holy Spirit has done in and through us. We offer thanksgiving for each opportunity that he puts in our path. It is true that not all will believe, but that is not what is asked of us. We are asked to give testimony to and to offer thanksgiving for the things God has done for us and through us. We can be thankful that God has chosen to entrust some work to us.
Lord, there are many of us who live with the regrets for things we should have or should not have done. Help me to say and do exactly what you have planned for me. Teach me to give thanks in all things, to give faithful testimony wherever I go, and to praise you for your good work all around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.